There are 12 Jyotirlingas in the world. Out of this, the Mamleshwar jyotirlinga is the most special one. According to the verse of Shiva Puranokta Dwadash Jyotirlinga Stroth, the names of all the 12 Jyotirlingas are known as their own place area.
सौराष्ट्रे सोमनाथंच श्री शैले मल्लिकार्जुनम् |
उज्जयिन्यां महाकालमोंकारममलेश्वरम् ||
In this verse, Mamleshwar has been described as Jyotirlinga in Omkareshwar region. Both Omkareshwar and Mamaleshwar are the form of the same Jyotirlinga. Mamaleshwar jyotirling is on the south bank of the Narmada, and Omkareshwar sits on the Omkar Parvat towards the north bank of Narmada. Maa Narmada is in the middle of both temple.
Ma Narmada is daugher of shiva. The father has special affection for his daughter, that is why Sakshat Omkareshwar and Mamaleshwar are seated on both sides of Maa Narmada. If Omkareshwar is the soul of Shiva, then Mamaleshwar is the body of Shiva, in short together they fulfill the recognition of a Jyotirlinga.
The ancient name of Mamaleshwar Jyotirlinga is Amareshwar .
Vindhya practiced hard penance of Shiva to make him superior to all mountains. Seeing the harsh penance, Gods and Rishis had prayed to Lord Shiva to remain stable in the Vindhya region. Lord Shiva accepted the request and as a result remained here in Ling form, the Omkarling located here is divided into two forms. The Sadashivas who existed under Pranav is known as Omkar.
Similarly, the Jyoti which was revered in Parthivamurthy is called Parmeshwar or Amaleshwar Jyotirlinga. Now, known as Mamleshwar Jyotirling.
Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Mamleshwar Jyotirling temple is a five-storied temple with pagoda on each floor. Moreover, There are six more temples in this temple compound. The best stone temple is now under archeology. Lord Shiva is been worshipped here in the form of Partheswar Linga since the time of Goddess Ahilya Bai. Mamaleshwar Mahadev Temple situated on the south bank of Maa Narmada with the skyscraper flag. This flag is constantly waving. There are many temple in this temple compound. All these temples are protected under the patronage of the Central Archaeological Department.
In the Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga temple, there are mantra mentioned on the north and south walls in the outer chamber of the sanctum sanctorum of temple. It looks like these mantras must have been engraved. All the words have been engraved equally and clearly and beautifully. Certainly, we cannot even write on paper the words of such beautiful and uniform structure that are carved on these stone walls.
Actually, it is nothing less than a mystery to us.
Many people come to the Mamleshwar jyotirling temple but only a few people see these inscriptions. These inscriptions also have amazing questions.
In response to these questions, we got the great mantra and OM Namah shivay, we have also been reading these inscriptions. These inscriptions were engraved in 1063 AD.These beautiful structures have Maa Narmada Stuti and Halayud Strotra and Shiva Parvati Praise along with Mahim mantra.
Parthiv Linga Puja at Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga
Parthaveshwar worship is of special importance in Mamaleshwar Jyotirlinga. this Pujan(prayer) can only be performed in Maheshwar, Trimbakeshwar or Mamaleshwar mandir (in Omkareshwar). Here Lord Shiva is being worshiped as the earthly lord for years. It is said that the great devotee of Lord Shiva, Devi Ahilyabai also did this thumb shaped parthiv ling pujan in Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga for years. It is believed that parthiv shivling prayer is equal to the fruitfulness of crores of worships and prayers. It is said that even Shree Ram did parthiv shivling prayer before going for war against Ravana and conquering Lanka. In order to be more powerful than Surya God of Justice Shanidev also did this parthiv shivling prayer to please Lord Shiva.